Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

Black Dog

Written by Levi Pinfold
Illustrated by Levi Pinfold

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Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013 The judges described the book as a "visual treat, full of mood and atmosphere, the beautiful illustrations are full of detail and perfectly in keeping with the story. The use of scale, with the big dog pushing the text off the page, is clever. A timeless, thought-provoking book about facing up to anxiety, fears, and the black dog that visits some of us from time-to-time."


The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013 shortlist:

Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb

Again! by Emily Gravett

Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould

King Jack And The Dragon by Helen Oxenbury (illustrator) and Peter Bently (author)

Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author)

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards. Often described by authors and illustrators as 'the one they want to win' - they are the gold standard in children's literature.

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.


Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

A black dog appears outside the Hope family's home. As each member of the household sees it and hides, the dog grows bigger and bigger. Only Small, the youngest Hope, has the courage to face the Black Dog. When it chases her through the forest she shows no fear, so it grows smaller and smaller. Finally, back to the size of a normal hound, the Black Dog is welcomed into the Hope household as their newest addition.


Facing our fears can be difficult. But the more we avoid them the more they take control of us. In this visually stunning picture book Levi Pinfold conveys this message through clever metaphor. One day a black dog appears outside the hope family home. Each member of the family sees it and then they proceed to hide away from it. Each time this happens the black dog gets bigger and bigger until it towers over them. The only member of the family not afraid of the big black dog is the youngest member of the house 'Small'. The dog chases her through the forest, yet Small shows no fear towards the dog and as a result the dog gets smaller and smaller until the dog is back to its normal size. The family grow to love the dog and it becomes a member of the family. The illustrations in this book are incredible. Levi Pinfold plays with scale convincingly and creates atmospheric scenes that will pull your focus and grab you attention. Magpiethat

About the Author

Levi Pinfold

Winner of the Bronze Plaque Biennale for Illustration in Bratislava 2015.

Levi Pinfold graduated from University Collge Falmouth in 2006. He is currently a Freelance Author and Illustrator working in Bristol. He was chosen one of the Booktrust Best New Illlustrators of 2011.

On his win at the BIB 2015 the judges said 'Magic realist and enigmatic story telling full of detail, persuades the reader to revisit each page. Pinfold creates an eerie and enigmatic tale in a setting reminiscent of the outback of the ‘New-Worlds’ in the first half of the twentieth century.'

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32 pages


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Templar Publishing

Publication date

1st August 2012




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